Archive for May, 2014

Reflexology and Acupuncture: the perfect healing combination

Reflexology is an integral part of my practice at Bexley Acupuncture.

I was trained in reflexology before going to acupuncture school, mostly because I loved it and loved what it did for my health and well-being.

In the deep woods of downeast Maine, I would attend my one-on-one class with a master reflexologist, Janet Stetser, at her home (complete with a composting toilet). Eclectic is an understatement for this lady, and I loved every minute that I spent with her. Janet was in her 60s, with long salt/pepper hair in the back, and a mullet in the front. She had strong hands, and sharp stares. Her voice was deep and powerful.

Janet would teach me the reflexology techniques by working on my feet (how cool was that?). And then I would have to do it back on her feet. This went on for weeks until I had to take the final exam. I still wonder if I really passed because the hour-long reflexology massage exam that I did on her… well… put her to sleep within a few minutes. It was that good, I guess!

Reflexology has a long history, dated back to pre-historic times. There are Egyptian wall paintings showing people working on each other’s feet and hands. Fast forward thousands of years later, these techniques of applying pressure to specific reflex points still help heal many ailments, from anxiety to headaches to digestive issues. It is one of the most beneficial therapies, and in my opinion, the most relaxing of all!

The reflexology “maps” show us how the whole body is represented in the feet, hands, and ears. Stimulating specific points will direct the healing energy to those organs. As such, a full session of reflexology should feel as though you had a full body massage, inside and out.

Because acupuncture therapy also works on stimulating specific points and targeting specific organs and areas of the body, the two therapies complement each other very well. In my practice, I have noticed that the application of acupuncture (opening up the body’s energy fields), followed by a reflexology session (stimulating specific organs), give the best outcome.

You can learn more about reflexology and its applications and studies here.

About the photographs at Bexley Acupuncture: Nature as our best medicine.

All the photographs you see on this site, and at the Bexley Acupuncture office, are taken by me!

You can call it a hobby, or a bit of an obsession. Whatever it is, it really took off in 2007 when I found myself living back in New England.

I had gone to schools in Massachusetts, and still have many good friends living there. So it was by no accident that I bumped into a high school friend who owns and operates an organic farm in beautiful, bucolic Lincoln, MA. As a birthday present that year, I got my very first SLR camera. With the camera, and two small children, we decided to hang out on the farm the majority of our year in Boston. There, I found magic through the lens.

The magic was a sense of peace and tranquility through nature.

It felt healing and comforting. I found myself drawn to close ups of flowers, plants, and animals.

I enjoyed capturing the details of these beautiful forms, so much so that I started a blog for the farm. I continued to take photographs after we left to move back to California.

There is beauty everywhere. If you take a moment to pause and enjoy, you don’t even need a camera to feel that sense of peace.  I am happy to share some of the images I captured with you through my acupuncture in Bexleypractice.

In good health,   Kit

The story behind the Bexley Acupuncture Logo: It’s not the Yin-Yang

The Bexley Acupuncture logo, though it may remind you of the Yin-Yang symbol, it is not. It is actually a hand-drawn representation of the Koru, the Maori symbol for balance, harmony and new beginning.

Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. With their Polynesian cultural heritage, they lived close to and depended on the nature around them. One of the Maori’s important symbols is the Koru, a spiral shape of a new unfurling fern frond (Ferns are ubiquitous in New Zealand – the country’s emblem is the Silver Fern). It signifies growth, strength, and new life. Similar to the Yin-Yang symbol, the koru also represents perpetual movement, and balance.

I chose the Koru to be the logo for Bexley Acupuncture, my private acupuncture practice here in Bexley, because I have always loved seeing new leaves unfurling (fern or otherwise). It gives me such a sense of hope, and potential.

More importantly, New Zealand is a special place for our family. Without our experience living there, we would not be here in Ohio.

It’s a long story, and I don’t want to bore you with details. The short version is that a few years ago, my family moved down under, hoping to find a new life in New Zealand. We found a lot of beauty, a lot of adventure, and many wonderful people. Our children attended school and made friends. We ate a lot of fish & chips. It is arguably the most beautiful country on earth.

But something was missing. Professionally, it was not what we had expected, or wanted long term. So while living in the land of the long white cloud (the Maori name for New Zealand), we started looking for other opportunities back in the States.

Many places were in the running. Ohio won.

So with our unpacked pod of all of our belongings, we headed back to the U.S., to a state we had never been.

And the rest is history, as they say.

We are very happy here in Bexley. We are also very grateful for what New Zealand gave us. And so, in honor of the country that we called home for a short time, I proudly chose the Koru to represent Bexley Acupuncture. After all, it is giving me a new beginning and I hope that my practice will offer health, balance and harmony to you, my community.

In good health,

Kit

Should you give acupuncture a try? Real facts, real benefits.

When I lived in California, being an acupuncturist was not a conversation starter (there are over 10,000 acupuncturists in that state alone, and everyone appeared to have their own practitioner).

What do you do? They would ask. Acupuncture, I would reply. Oh great!, they would say.

End of story.

When I moved to Columbus Ohio four years ago, the conversation was more like this:

Person: What do you do?

Me: I am an acupuncturist.

Person: Wow… I have always wanted to try acupuncture.

Me: You should!

Person: But, does it hurt?

Me: No, is that why you have not given it a try?

Person: Well… (the conversation goes on from here; content varies depending on the person’s relationship with sharp objects).

So, my friends, I am here to tell you in person that you should give acupuncture a try despite your needle-phobia.

In my 12 years of practice, I have given many first timers, needle haters, alternative medicine pessimists, acupuncture treatments. Ninety-nine percent of those people were pleasantly surprised that the needles didn’t bother them. Ninety-nine point five of those people returned for follow up visits. And almost one hundred percent of them enjoyed and benefited from their acupuncture treatments.

Needles can be scary, I know. If I could rename them, I would.

You have to remember that the sole purpose of the tiny acupuncture device is to help you feel better. It is to stimulate your life force (known as Qi) to be re-directed and to encourage the body to heal itself. Sensations can be felt, yes, but very few people would call in pain.

You have to also know that my sole
purpose as your practitioner is to make you feel better, in the most comfortable way possible. Most of my patients enjoy their nap during the treatments, and wake up refreshed, and pain-free.

If you would like to have a conversation such as the one posted above with me, I will be happy to engage! Send me your questions, share with me your concerns. I have a feeling that one day in the near future, Ohio will become a bit like California and being an acupuncturist will receive the response: Oh Great!

In good health,

Kit